News & events


Lessons for citizen engagement and social cohesion

20 March 2018
12:30 - 15:00

Date: 20 March 2018      
Time:  12h30 – 15h00 
Venues: Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, PE and Sweetwaters

South Africa stands at a cusp of many positive developments with the change of guard in the leadership of our country. To ensure this opportunity can be used efficiently and positively, it may be useful to interrogate what has worked or not worked in amongst others, issues of public participation.

In this regard, the Human Sciences Research Council, has undertaken a case study looking at the protests in Vuwani which, amongst others, saw the community came to a standstill and the destruction of public property. This case study provides valuable lessons in how to engage meaningfully with communities to ensure responsiveness from government.

The study will be presented by Prof Modimowabarwa Kanyane of the Human Sciences Research Council and panellists will include among others, the Chairperson of the Demarcation Board, Jane Thupana, Mpho Mogale from COGTA and Tebogo Monama from The Star.

The Human Sciences Research Council, together with the Municipal Demarcation Board, look forward to your valuable contributions to the debate on broader thematic issues of public participation and social cohesion.

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Contact : Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail:

Cape Town: HSRC, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town. Contact : Carmen Erasmus, Tel: (021) 466 7827, e-mail:

Durban:  The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001. Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel: (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786, e-mail: , or Hlengiwe Zulu at e-mail
Sweetwaters : Old Bus Depot, Mbubu Road, Sweetwaters. Tel: (033) 324 5000

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST

Kindly note that seminars can now be accessed via the Vidyo link: